Farm Innovators P-418 1,250-Watt Cast Aluminum Floating Pond Heater & De-Icer

Last updated date: November 17, 2020

DWYM Score

8.6

Farm Innovators P-418 1,250-Watt Cast Aluminum Floating Pond Heater & De-Icer

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 27 expert reviews, the Farm Innovators Farm Innovators 1,250-Watt Pond Heater & De-Icer placed 3rd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

This thermostatically controlled pond de-icer maintains a vent hole in the ice to allow harmful gasses to escape. Constructed of patented cast aluminum for ultimate efficiency and safety. This fish and plant-friendly heater is for use in ponds of 50 to 600 gallons. Industry standard 10 foot supply cord. Three year limited warranty.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.9
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.1
592 user reviews

What experts liked

Sturdy and economical to run, this is a versatile option that can be used for both tanks and small ponds.
- BestReviews
Efficient at de-icing ponds or tanks up to 300 gallons. Can either be submerged or float atop the water. Includes wire-wrapped 10-foot cord.
- Chicago Tribune
Very powerful and effective heating. Super easy floating installation. Made from strong aluminum for durability. Compact and lightweight.
- BackyardStyle
Efficient for up to 600 gallons. Thermostatically controlled. Fish and plant-friendly. For all types of ponds. Patented cast aluminum material.
- Paint A Fish
It creates a decent-sized hole in the ice, usually two feet across. It works perfectly for small and large-sized ponds alike. Many people even found it useful for 1,000-gallon ponds. The thermostat helps keep the electricity bill relatively low, especially considering the 1,250-watt heating element.
- BackYard Alpha
Powerful enough for ponds up to 1,500 gallons. Thermostat runs de-icer only when it’s needed.
- Modest Fish
Long 3-year warranty. Cast aluminum design for efficiency and safety. Safe for fish and plants, making it a great koi pond heater.
- Pond Academy

What experts didn't like

Electrical cord is on the short side.
- BestReviews
Some reports of units failing after only a few months' use.
- Chicago Tribune
High energy usage compared to other models. Quite a short power cord.
- BackyardStyle
High power consumption.
- Paint A Fish
Many people found it inadequately sealed. This allowed water into the unit. It doesn’t seem to last long for many customers. The quality of the constructions seems poor. Not as energy-efficient as 300-watt de-icers.
- BackYard Alpha
Even with thermostatic controls, 1,250 watts can really add up on the electric bill. Awkward cord placement. Definitely need a GFCI outlet.
- Modest Fish
Could use a longer power cord.
- Pond Academy

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